Tim Scott McConnell
Tim plays Gothic Blues, his own form of raw and brutally honest music. He has a rare and immediate voice which he accompanies mostly only with a 12 string played with a sizzling slide. Tim Scott McConnell’s interview takes us from the deep south where, after he grew up in a trailer park, he played in local bands before leaving for New York and creating the house band at CBGB with a member of the New York Dolls. He was signed to Island and a number of other major record labels. Bruce Springsteen is a fan and popularised one of his songs, High Hopes. Tim lives in Norway and has a new record out called White Crow, under his artist name, Ledfoot.
A couple of new artists to complement the historic and legacy podcast features: Stephanie Rainey and Lola Lennox. Stephanie is a massively talented singer and songwriter from Cork in Ireland whom I recently had the pleasure of interviewing. She has a couple of new releases coming up, 100 Like Me and Woman. Lola Lennox, the daughter of Annie Lennox, is another featured podcast, also a supremely talented writer and singer in her own right. Lola is releasing her first single, In The Wild, in February of 2020.
Introductory Issue, Fall 2019
We have a podcast interview with Stephanie Rainey who, according to Jason Rothberg, the organising producer of the recent Golden Stone Years concert, ‘stole the show’ at this year’s concert.
Her new single, 100 Like Me, which is about speaking up about mental health issues, is a tense, but animated anthem which was released in Ireland and is still new to the U.S. and the UK. Given the company Stephanie was keeping at the Golden Stone Years concert – which included the likes of Donovan, The Stranglers and The Waterboys – Stephanie is no shrinking violet on stage and definitely a live act worth checking out.
Hailing from Cork in Ireland and having struggled for years to get recognition, in 2015 Stephanie released an emotionally powerful song and video with Please Don’t Go, which was about her brother who, sadly, died of cancer. The video and song quickly went viral and notched up a few million views online. Since then Stephanie’s career has been going from strength to strength and after Donovan and Linda Leitch saw her at a concert in Ireland they invited her to perform at the Golden Stone tribute concert for Brian Jones.
Alt-Generations will spotlight a festival and a new or legacy artist every month. This section is dedicated to music on the site, primarily that of other musicians with songs, interviews, stems and remixes offered freely occasionally to anyone who donates or supports us.
C.Weber/We Are Juan Music Publishing (Ascap)
The biography section is in web-documentary form, which includes original music, voice and various supporting browsable multi-media. My own music is used mostly to underscore various parts of the E-book, An Unusual Life.
Apart from developing this project, I’m also a music composer and writer. I have music in films and documentaries as well as on iTunes (Ascap).
This one, Welcome New World or The Pirate’s Song (parts, vocals and music by C. Weber) I’ve just finished working on but started writing years ago in New York. I have an idea it might work as music score for part of the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower sailing, either as film score or for installations. It was inspired by my room-mate at the time, Mr. Kim, a consultant lawyer to the government from South Korea. An amazing and fascinating guy who, during our time and friendship in New York, opened my eyes to a different, mostly Korean, perspective of the world – in terms of music, health, relationships and work – and inspired me to develop a singing voice. Before that I only ever played guitar.
‘New World’ is another original, reflecting my roots and love of rock music. My influences in rock veer towards artists like The Waterboys and World Party.
The song is about a certain time and arriving in New York, but has parallels with colonial invasions and the arrival of pilgrims in the New World. Interestingly, huge 400th anniversary celebrations are planned for 2020 in both Plymouth UK, where I live and which is where the boats sailed from, as well as in Boston and Plymouth Rock on the other side of the Atlantic.
Although a bit of a child of rock, influenced by artists I grew up with, I gravitate towards remix and re-interpretations, as that was my unique generational experience. So although this begins as a story about people around iconic rock music artists, mostly accomplished ones, I suspect we will cross a few boundaries in style, if for nothing but to stay open to developmental and new forms of musical exploration.
Above and below are a selection of songs, some original and some re-interpretations, which will underscore the biographical chapters in the E-Book. A few are in the music player (lower right, main screen). Right now they are getting upgraded with new recording equipment, my mustang guitar, new and better drums and a deeper and more polished level of production.
Original Unpublished Music
Sentimental Soldier – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Not The Same – C. Weber (Free/Not Published)
Two Tracks – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Welcome to The New World/The Pirate’s Song – C. Weber (Free/Not Published)
Everybody Else – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Once – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Spanish Lullaby – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Third Rose – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Reinterpretations and Cover Material.
Arrangements, voices and instruments by C. Weber (Ascap).
Is You Is – C. Porter. Dance. With Nell Carter and C. Weber vocals.
Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – W. Jennings.
Angel – J. Hendrix. Alt Rock. Incorporating the new production sounds, particularly crisper and more open and authentic drums.
A number of the tracks will be posted with audio stems, for budding mix engineers into giving that a whirl. Particularly Layla (which is supposed to be a rural Turkish flavoured remix), Call Me – the Debbie Harry track (supposed to be more of a deeper Dub reinterpretation). A couple of others, like My Baby Just Cares for Me, I Don’t Claim to Be An Angel and Shine A light, which I sense need either new vocals or some traditional Gospel backing accompaniment.
Layla – Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon.
Shine A Light – Jagger/Richards. According to the Stones, this was written about Brian Jones.
Call Me – Dub/Electronic – D. Harry.
Lover You Should Have Come Over – J Buckley.
My Baby Just Cares For Me – N. Simone. Electro version.
I Don’t Claim to Be An Angel – K. Wells. Slide version.
The longer term aim is to finish a collection of songs at Flame/Mussel Shoals Studio (I’ve made contact, discussed it and got a pretty reasonable quote). In the meantime we will use the tracks to illustrate the biographical chapters.